This program is about 1 hour long
(New York: Todd Connor) The wildfire in Ventura County, California, featured; details given on the destroyed homes and evacuations; scenes shown of burning houses, helicopters dropping fire retardant, firefighters, horses at a farm in Moorpark. [Bonn-Fyre Farms’ Dorann LAPERCH- comments on her losses.]
(Washington: Molly Henneberg) Senator Hillary Clinton’s move to gain support in New York for her presidential run reviewed; details given on Senator Barack Obama’s momentum. [In Memphis, voice of Clinton’s political advisor Howard WOLFSON- comments.] [Senator Evan BAYH- says he will form an exploratory committee this week.]
(London: Amy Kellogg) The latest developments in the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko reviewed; details given on a former KGB agent’s claim that he knows who killed Litvinenko, the investigators’ plans to question potential witnesses in the US and Moscow, and the level of Polonium 210 found in Litvinenko’s Italian friend Mario Scaramella.
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) A report that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Britain to silence Litvinenko prior to his death noted. [Senator Joe BIDEN- says Russia is moving toward an oligarchy.] [Senator Lindsey GRAHAM- says Putin is a problem.]
(Baghdad: Clarissa Ward) The military air strikes in the Anbar Province and the raised death toll in yesterday’s Baghdad market bombing reviewed; scenes shown of buildings in rubble in Karmah, the damaged marketplace. [Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham SALEH- says they are working on a law for disarming militias.]
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) The Air Force’s confirmation that fighter pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed in action after his plane went down and the formal appeal to the death sentence of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted; picture of Gilbert shown.
(Fox Weather Center: Chris Knowles) National forecast given; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Atlanta: Marianne Silber) The new naturalization test required for immigrants examined; details given on the test’s questions about the Constitution. [US Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Mariela MELERO- says potential citizens will have to study and demonstrate knowledge of the English language and history.] [Southeastern Legal Foundation’s Shannon GOESSLING- criticizes the test.]
(London: Mark White) The investigation into the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko updated; details given on the radiation contamination of Italian professor Mario Scaramella; statement from Scaramella quoted on screen. [British Home Secretary John REID- says police will follow leads inside or outside Britain.]
(Washington: Rudi Bakhtiar) Outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s memo prior to his resignation that calls for a new Iraq strategy reviewed; details given the suggestion for modest troop withdrawals and President Bush’s upcoming meetings with Shiite and Sunni leaders. [Senator Lindsey GRAHAM- says in the short term we need more troops in Iraq to deal with the violence.] [Senator Joseph BIDEN- says we have a major sectarian war in Iraq.]
(Studio: Trace Gallagher) The upcoming Senate confirmation hearings for the Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates noted.
(Beirut: Dana Lewis) The clash between Sunnis and Shiites during the protests in Beirut, Lebanon, featured; details given on the death of a Shiite protester and the concerns of more violence during a civil disobedience campaign; scenes shown of men outside a burning shop, the demonstrations, the memorial service inside Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s office for assassinated Cabinet Minister Pierre Gemayel. [SINIORA- says there are more Lebanese people whose opinions differ from the demonstrators.]
(Los Angeles: Anita Vogel) The new teacher transfer law in California that keeps schools from being forced to hire poorly performing teachers examined; details given on union officials’ claim that the new law could be abused. [Senator Jack SCOTT- comments; says forcing an underperforming teacher on students is unfair.] [United Teachers Los Angeles’ Al DUFFY- says neither principals are required to provide a reason for firing or not hiring a teacher; asks why we are not looking at must-place principals as well.]